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Dean's Message

Welcome to the web pages of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at California State University, Northridge! The college has a proud history spanning over four and a half decades since its inception in the mid 1950's. The spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship that is evident in our programs has been a defining characteristic of our college over the years. We sustain an infrastructure that fosters academic excellence and ensures that graduates from our program are of the highest quality and sought after by industry. We know that it is important to reach out to students early in their careers, especially in the K-16 arena and work closely with high schools and community colleges to strengthen the pipeline and provide access to a broad and diverse student pool.

Students in our college have access to a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs through our five departments: Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management. Our programs are geared to provide an ideal blend of theory with a hands-on education for our students. This is evident in our laboratories, workshops, tutorials, senior design projects, and independent research activities. Other innovative programs like our Honors Co-Op program and Design Clinics empower our students with a sense of entrepreneurship and leadership and prepare them for the challenges ahead.

Our students receive a broad education that includes a relevant GE component, excellent problem solving and communication skills, and the ability to work in cross-disciplinary teams in a global economy. Their success manifests itself through their achievements in various regional and national competitions. Student teams from our college have earned recognition and won prizes in a variety of events and competitions including the Formula Car (SAE), Intelligent Ground Vehicle (AUVSI), Steel Bridge (ASCE), Micromouse (IEEE), and the Autonomous Helicopter (IARC). In March 2010 the College was recognized by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) for having the fastest growing undergraduate engineering programs in the nation over the period from 2005-2008.

One of the main reasons for our ongoing success is our outstanding faculty and staff. They are the heart and soul of our programs and have a deep and enduring commitment to our students' education and learning experiences. They successfully transcend disciplinary boundaries with a progressive and pro-active mind set which is focused on providing our students with an outstanding educational experience. The shared values of our college are exemplified in Centers such as the new Ernie Schaeffer Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and the Center for Energy Research that emphasize education and applied research in a broad community that networks and unifies key stake holders.

Major challenges in the fields of Energy, Transportation, Health care and Communications lie ahead in the new millennium. Our college has unique capabilities and resources to address these emerging challenges. I invite you to join us in these exciting endeavors.

S.K. Ramesh